I really love Sherrie’s (a.k.a. Pixel Gypsy) simple, clean, hand doodled style!! I love how she often carries the theming through her kits with her doodles! So FUN and so scrapable! I have a super fun project I am working on with her contribution to The Digi Files and I am really enjoying working with it! I really enjoyed getting to know her better through her bio and found several areas where we are very similar (like the things that make us twitch). Let’s take a closer look at “Techno-Girl” that is included in The Digi Files this month:
It’s been super fun to see the awesome layouts and memories that our team has documented with “Techno-Girl”. Here are some layouts created with it:
Layout by Lauren: Additional Credits: Sketchy Border by Lauren Reid: Fonts: Courier New, Neoretrofill.
Layout by Jacki.
Layout by Tara; Font: The Faulty Marker by Heather Hess.
Layout by Anne; Fonts: Heather Hess.
Layout by Katie; Additional Credits: Template by Janet Phillips; Font: The Architect by Heather Hess.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.
Name: Sherrie Piegdon
Hometown: Grand Blanc, MI, but always dreaming of some place warmer with less snow! 🙂
Family: I’ve been married to my fantastically supportive husband, Scott, for 10 years. Together, we have a 10-year-old daughter, Madison, and a 9-year-old son Nicholas. Plus, I’m step-mom to 15-year-old Mike. We have 3 precocious cats and an oafish but endearing dog, as well. In addition to designing digital kits, I’m also a contributing writer at About.com for their digital scrapbooking section.
I first found scrapbooking in 2000 while pregnant with our daughter. I was immediately taken in by the idea of documenting all of the changes that having a baby brings. I was a painfully slow paper scrapper. My perfectionist nature and the permanence of adhesives was a difficult combo to navigate. For a long time, Un-Du was my best friend. My husband, who’d gotten me interested in Photoshop long before the birth of our children, kept mentioning that I should try creating my layouts digitally. In 2005, faced with the space constraints created by a small house with no dedicated scrap area and two curious toddlers with sticky fingers who loved to touch all of Mommy’s scrap projects, I decided to go digital. Digital was an instant fit for me. Ctrl + Z replaced my bottles of Un-Du and Ctrl + S and Close replaced packing away half-finished layouts when the kids woke up from naps. Design followed shortly thereafter from my desire to have the perfect colors and patterns for my layouts. I could see the finished layout in my head and make it happen, supplies and all. Selling my designs just seemed like the next leg of my scrapbooking journey. I joined my first store in 2006.
Color! When I see a great color combination, the ideas just start flowing. I can be anywhere and colors will catch my eye. Good colors immediately conjure theme and pattern ideas in my head. Sometimes I’ll be out shopping, see wonderful colors and by the time I get home, I have an entire kit laid out in my head. At that point, it’s just a matter of turning those ideas out into something workable for scrapping. Occasionally, I’ll have a theme rattling around in my brain for a long time and I usually wait until I hit upon the colors that just scream that particular theme out to me.
Programs: For design, I live in Photoshop CS4 and Illustrator CS4. For photo editing I flip back and forth between Photoshop and Lightroom, though I’m more comfortable in Photoshop.I have a Wacom Cintiq that you couldn’t pry from my cold, dead hands…unless it’s because I’m upgrading to the larger one. 😉 I had an Intuos tablet for a few years, but found it hard for my brain to reconcile my hand drawing in one place while my eyes were focused in another. When I first saw a Cintiq in action, I knew I had to have one. I pined and saved for a year and bought it used off of Ebay. Now I’m ready to upgrade to the larger one, which means more pining and saving. 😉
Save the layered files for your layouts! I’ve come across a number of people who only save low-res, flattened files (or just flattened files, though high-res) of their layouts and it makes me a little twitchy. Even if right now you have no plans on ever printing any of your layouts, save the layered files! You never know when you’ll change your mind about printing. Saving the layered files not only allows you to have your layout on hand at print resolution, but if you run into issues with page bleed or gutters you have the freedom to tweak your layout as needed. I have a friend who won a free book and she’d trashed her .PSDs after saving the gallery version. I sat here and nearly cried for her when she came to me asking what she should do because the dimensions of her saved layouts didn’t meet the dimensions to print a 12×12 book. Saving the layered files also allows you to create a hidden text layer with all of your credits, which can come in very handy as well.
I have a small fascination with junk robots, so this kit still really strikes my fancy.
Here are some of my favorite products by Pixel Gypsy:
Here’s some more inspirational layouts using Pixel Gypsy’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
Go have a look in Pixel Gypsy’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!